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The New Recruits of the Marine Communications and Traffic Services The New Recruits of the Marine Communications and Traffic Services

Canadian Coast Guard College

On March 4, 2011, another cohort of student Marine Communications and Traffic Services officers (MCTS) graduated at the Canadian Coast Guard College. Six new officers are currently completing on-the-job training at an MCTS centre in Quebec.

Since 2003, 33 individuals have obtained certification as MCTS officers. With the arrival of all these new employees, it goes without saying that the staff profile has quickly become younger.

At the end of a 10-to-12 month stint of theoretical and practical training, the officers are ready to assume the responsibilities associated with their position and provide numerous services to mariners and the general public.

As part of their duties, MCTS officers must:

  • Provide continuous monitoring of international distress frequencies to detect situations of distress, intervene in a timely manner, and ensure communications during rescue missions;
  • Disseminate information connected to marine safety such as weather reports, ice information and notices to mariners concerning navigational hazards;
  • See to it that ships entering Canadian waters provide pertinent information regarding their status and compliance with applicable Canadian legislation in order to keep them from becoming a danger;
  • Take the necessary measures to ensure the safety and ordered movement of marine traffic; and
  • Offer public correspondence services to facilitate ship-to-shore communications.

The selection and training process is long and demanding but the results are conclusive for the Canadian Coast Guard and the Marine Communications and Traffic Services centres. The training of these new employees depends notably on the instructors at the Canadian Coast Guard College and the knowledge of experienced officers.

Diane Caron
Canadian Coast Guard
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